Luther Burrell: RFU to probe former Newcastle Falcons centre’s racism claims

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The Rugby Soccer Union is to analyze claims from former Newcastle Falcons participant Luther Burrell relating to racism within the sport.

Burrell, 32, said racism is “rife” within the sport, with racist “banter” turning into “normalised” amongst team-mates.

Falcons had already launched their own internal investigation to find out whether or not the racism he skilled occurred whereas on the Premiership membership.

Nonetheless, the membership says it can now be carried out by the RFU.

Ex-England centre Burrell was launched by the Falcons in June after two seasons.

“We needed the investigation to be absolutely unbiased and, as such, we agreed that the RFU would conduct the investigation and we are going to evaluation their findings and proposals earlier than deciding on any applicable motion,” a Newcastle assertion mentioned.

In an interview with the Each day Mail, Burrell mentioned he has been on the receiving finish of feedback about slavery and bananas and he needed to “empower youthful generations” by talking out.

He added he’ll “by no means identify names nevertheless it’s gone on for too lengthy”.

Burrell, capped 15 occasions by England, beforehand performed for Northampton Saints between 2012 and 2019, profitable the Premiership title with them.

Nonetheless, Saints mentioned they’d been “reassured” he didn’t expertise such abuse whereas with the staff.

Newcastle added all membership workers “are presently enterprise equality, variety and inclusion refresher coaching”.

“We’re decided to proceed to be a totally inclusive membership,” they mentioned of their assertion.

Burrell made his skilled debut in 2006 and likewise performed for Leeds and Sale, whereas he switched codes to rugby league and performed for Warrington Wolves in 2019.

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